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LyondellBasell Industries



) pushed the Chemicals industry higher today making it today's featured chemicals winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, LyondellBasell Industries rose $1.20 (1.8%) to $68.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,625,340 shares of LyondellBasell Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,116,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.02-$69.46 after having opened the day at $67.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.72. Other companies within the Chemicals industry that increased today were:

BioFuel Energy Corporation



), up 9.5%,

Methes Energies International



), up 8.0%,

Eastman Chemical Company



), up 6.3% and

Westlake Chemical Corporation



), up 6.1%.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V., together with its subsidiaries, manufacturers and sells chemicals and polymers; refines crude oil; produces gasoline blending components; and develops and licenses technologies for the production of polymers. LyondellBasell Industries has a market cap of $38.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

LyondellBasell Industries

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Intrepid Potash



), down 28.6%,




), down 20.0%,




), down 17.3% and

Sociedad Quimica Y Minera De Chile



), down 17.1% , were all laggards within the chemicals industry with

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan



) being today's chemicals industry laggard.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the chemicals industry could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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